Questions tagged [serial-voting]

Serial voting is the act of casting many upvotes or downvotes on the posts of a specific user without proper reason. Also known as voting fraud.

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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my investigation, I noticed ...
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What can I do if I'm the victim of serial downvoting? [duplicate]

While browsing Stack Overflow, I noticed that I lost a lot of reputation: Is this serial downvoting? Will it be corrected by a rep-recalculation? How often are those done? Here's a second ...
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I was just attacked by an onslaught of downvotes! What do I do? [duplicate]

Checking my recent activity, I noticed that [nearly] all of my posts were downvoted within a short span of a few minutes. It seems as though I've been the victim of a systematic downvoting spree. ...
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How does the SO voter fraud detection mechanism work? [duplicate]

A recent post on the Stack Overflow blog (Voter Fraud and You) states that the Stack Overflow team has implemented a voter fraud detection mechanism. I look at the user board and noticed at least one ...
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5K reputation loss in one day. How BIG is that?

Up until yesterday, I had 8,120 reputation; now my profile reports 3,991 2,128. It makes me feel like crying and I hate that too. Is this the real reputation count logic of SO? I hate this. You don'...
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Spiteful downvoting? Two fast DVs to my unrelated posts [duplicate]

I don't know if I'm being paranoid - but earlier I made a comment on a question that showed no research effort: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16328049/how-do-i-write-for-i-in-the-range-of-1-to-6-...
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The vote fraud script breaks legitimate polling questions - A serial downvoter's lament

I've downvoted several of the answers on these Meta discussions: The Workplace self-evaluation: let's get critical! The Workplace self-evaluation: let's get critical! Both questions are typical self ...
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A better serial voting trap

Currently we capture fanatic, voting ring or rage-type activities, by measuring the number of up-votes or down-votes between the same two users in a certain (relatively short) time period. When this ...
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So, what's happening to my reputation? How do I report something fishy?

https://stackoverflow.com/users/572?tab=reputationhistory#sort-top - Between 2009/09/27 and 2009/09/28... That's unusual for me...to have 6 downvotes in less than 20 minutes. Now, I normally don't ...
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How to know if I am a serial up voter?

I am not a fraud, I have no acquaintances here whatsoever. I love reading questions and answers here and upvoting what I feel is cool. Sometimes I'm in awe of some answers and questions posted here. ...
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How to vote on friends / colleagues ' questions (or answers)

Almost every time a colleague of mine asks a question, we have discussed this problem beforehand. Also, we sometimes meta-discuss the question for stackoverflow (why did I get the "this might be ...
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How often do people get serial down voted?

How often do people get serial down voted here and on SO.com? It would be interesting to hear from other people who get serially down voted as to how often they see this, and perhaps if Jeff or team ...
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Please hide “serial upvoting reversed” entries in the public reputation history

You can always get a handful of people on Stack Overflow that go round serial up-voting. It has happened to me before and I can only assume it was done by the same person as all votes occurred in the ...
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Shouldn't anonymous serial downvoters be banned from SO?

There was a discussion about unexplained anonymous serial down-voting in the C++ room this morning (starting here). The user affected by it explained it to me thus: It started on a particular Q, ...
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Serial Up-voting and Reputation Cap

I've just been the 'victim' of some serial up-voting: This has pushed me over the rep cap for the day, so any other up-votes I receive today won't 'earn' the rep so-to-speak. My question is this: ...
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Serial downvoting — is it detected, and what is the threshold?

So various posts, such as What can I do if I'm the victim of serial downvoting? suggest that there is a script that detects serial downvoting. Over the course of a few minutes, 36 of my questions ...
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“Spam Voting” - Should we stop it?

I've had a few concerns over a new form of "spam" - that is, through voting. A while back, I had seen some wild reputation increases to my account, amongst others, that seemingly felt weird - as I'...
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Lost 5 questions following a serial downvote

Yesterday, 5 of my questions were downvoted within 2 minutes on one Stack Exchange website (askubuntu). I didn't pay much attention to it as I thought that it would get detected as serial downvote, ...
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Fix serial downvoting reversal to not apply to users spamming site front page with bad answers

The Problem (an example) This user's answers have been downvoted consistently as they are not very high quality. The also tend to come in bursts of nearly 10 often on older questions. They are not ...
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I gave someone +200 rep and a Mortarboard Badge

I've been utilizing Stack Overflow in different ways. Recently it's taken the form of finding a user and upvoting interesting answers to questions until they've received the Mortarboard badge. My ...
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What should you do if you're serial downvoted & it isn't automatically reversed within 24 hours? [duplicate]

Example: Three days ago I was serial downvoted[?] After these weren't automatically reversed, 24 hours later, I flagged one of the posts. It was eventually marked as helpful, but the downvotes ...
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What do I do if I suspect someone has downvoted a lot of my posts? [duplicate]

Someone has downvoted a lot of my questions or answers. What should I do? How does the system prevent this? How often does the system look for suspicious behavior? Return to FAQ index
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Why can you vote (up or down) every five seconds?

Bounty question (for SO dev team only): why can a user vote two answers (written by the same contributor) from two separate questions in less than 3 seconds? Is there any way you can prevent massive ...
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What is a vote fraud? [duplicate]

I have heard about vote fraud. What is it? By which criteria is a vote declared as fraud? How we can find out about these sorts of activity? What are the consequences of it? Edit What if I am ...
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How to act when you're being serial upvoted [duplicate]

I'm relatively new in StackOverflow, even though my account is 2 years old, I started actively contributing to site a few months ago. I'm trying to do my best and while doing it, hoping to learn more ...
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Punish serial downvoting

There is a daily/nightly script to correct 'chain hate downvote pattern'. I propose to punish the 'hater' by taking the amount of reputation points from his/her account that he/she removed from the ...
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Give moderators a tool to invalidate votes between users

Vote fraud happens on Stack Exchange sites, it is a natural consequence of the reputation system and one of the duties of a moderator is to deal with cases of suspected vote fraud. There are various ...
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Why are these reversed downvotes recorded as undownvotes? [duplicate]

Yesterday, a sudden loss of 6 rep led me to discover that my top 3 meta questions were downvoted: Indicate the color (bronze/silver/gold) in tag badge notifications https://meta.stackexchange.com/...
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Can the anti-serial-downvoting mechanism revoke the Suffrage badge?

If a user serially downvotes someone so much that he uses up all of his votes for the day, earning the Suffrage badge, will the daily anti-serial-downvoting mechanism revoke the badge? If it won't, I'...
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Should this be picked up by the vote fraud detecting algorithm?

Some time ago, I added an entry to the SO C++ FAQ community effort, which deals with C++ operator overloading. For that piece I had spent half a Sunday I was supposed to spend building something out ...
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Hey I just lost 350 points for “Serial upvoting reversed” [duplicate]

What is this? Can we please have some way of receiving an explanation? This seems like a system to punish people for leaving too many good answers. Although I did receive a lot of upvotes in a short ...
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Are unupvotes serial voting?

This user lost 300 rep from unupvotes today *. Is this considered serial voting? Is this allowed? Does the serial-vote-reversal-script notice that since it is taking votes back instead of ...
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My questions were serially downvoted, automatic reversal didn't kick in and flagging one of the questions did not help

A week ago, after downvoting the answer to the question Unable to get attributes back from GetCustomAttributes, four of my questions were downvoted and on the other day, another three met the same ...
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Policy on reputation abuse from vindictive redditor trolls?

https://stackoverflow.com/users/430062/theodore-r-smith?tab=reputation I've angered one to two people on Reddit who have proceeded to downvote a great many of my posts in serial. Is there anything ...
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Downvoting without comment.Why it's allowed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Encouraging people to explain down-votes Recently somebody downvotes few of my questions/answers in same time. Without comment or reason. Why is this allowed? Imagine this: ...
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Serial downvote reversals don't always appear as such

Serial downvotes usually get detected and reversed automatically every night. This event is usually grouped under a header "Serial Downvoting Reversed" in a user's reputation history. On various ...
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Serial downvote record-holder [closed]

I just got 11 downvotes on SO in the space of three minutes. Is this a record? Note that to compete for the record, the downvotes must all be on different answers/questions. One thing I don't get ...
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Reversing serial upvoting should revoke mortarboard badge if was received for those votes [duplicate]

I noticed this pattern on this user's reputation page: https://stackoverflow.com/users/1870173/arju?tab=reputation It seems it should. This seems sufficiently poorly designed posting this as a bug.
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Undetectable MICRO Serial Downvoting. What is it? What to do? What the heck!

Prologue Everyone knows Serial Downvoting... even the luckiest user with enough rep gets hit by this plague at least once, soon or later: some noob gets angry against another user for some reason and ...
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Moderator nominees with records of vote fraud

In the SO moderator nominations, two candidates withdrew their entries after it was revealed that they had been caught using sock puppets with many cross-votes in the past (with the number of ...
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Does Stack Exchange prevent cheating with “fake” accounts?

I've been thinking how easily a user could create a fake account to upvote all his own questions/answers. I didn't think of doing it myself; I like to win my reputation the right way, but I'm sure ...
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Active bounties allow sock puppet gold to be hoarded

Background As a result of another meta question highlighting suspicions of sockpuppety one user was recently suspended and another 2 were deleted. However, 3 hours before this happened (possibly ...
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Should I report “revenge” downvoting sprees, or just let the system take care of them?

I've just experienced my first revenge downvoting spree, undoubtedly in response to my comment on this question. I posted a comment which a user took offense to; a little later I have 1 new downvote ...
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Ignore votes on answers deleted by moderators when checking for serial down-voting

My understanding (inspired by this answer and conversations in The Workplace chat) is the serial-downvoting script currently does not include: Overall +/- votes for an answer Whether answer was ...
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Why doesn't vote “fraud” provide some feedback?

On Stack Overflow, I have tried to consistently vote for some of my friends' answers, since he generally provides good answers to somewhat obscure questions but doesn't get a lot of credit, since they'...
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Vote count not recalculated after serial-downvoting-reversal

Yesterday someone serial-downvoted some posts of mine. Later that was automatically reversed. I saw it in the rep tab of my profile. But the total vote-count is still wrong if I open the question or ...
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How to uplift question ban induced by serial down-voter?

I was serial down-voted by someone (not sure who) and after a few hours the system automatically banned me from posting questions. I read the following... What can I do when getting "We are no ...
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Is there any appeals process for technically incorrect down-voting?

OK, here's the situation. Someone posted an algorithmic question on SO. There were 2 main answers. One was stock "you can use this standard data structure - see details on Wiki". Basically, a ...
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Serial voting rep calculation bug [duplicate]

I was visiting my profile. I noticed a -43 change on my reputation tab header. Confused as to why I would lose that much reputation as I haven't done much the past few days, I clicked it. To my ...
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Malicious Downvotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing users from downvoting good answers to bad questions What is serial voting and how does it affect me? I believe a user is using malicious down voting as a tactic ...